In Vietnamese, the phrase, “may you live in interesting times,” is considered a curse. Women in Pakistan, and much of the Islamic world know why. The times they are living through are more than just interesting. Rafia Zakaria has written two recent books, The Upstairs Wife and Veil that reveal the changes in national politics and religious practices that challenge women from Karachi to Timbuktoo. Their status as citizens, as wives, as women is changing…but what will come next is still a mystery.